- Muscle strain and tension is the most common cause of neck pain. If you have poor posture, stay in one position too long, jerk your neck while exercising, or sleep in the wrong position, neck pain is a typical result.
- Injuries from auto accidents, falls, sports, and other high-impact incidents can easily injure the neck. Your neck is not constructed to absorb these high forces of impact. These incidents can damage not only the vertebrae but the spinal cord itself.
- Neck pain is common in heart attacks. If you also experience nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, or pain in the arm or jaw, treat it as a medical emergency. Call 911 for immediate emergency help.
- Other, less common causes of neck pain include meningitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and herniated cervical disks. Your doctor will run special tests if these or other uncommon causes of your pain are suspected.
Humans depend on the neck remaining in good condition. When a strong force injures your neck, or if you develop inflammation or degeneration, you will experience pain and perhaps disability.
Younger people usually incur damage caused by an injury. Sports injuries, vehicle accidents, and other blunt-force trauma can cause permanent harm and disability.
Older persons usually have more cases of degenerative disk disability. A lifetime of wear and tear can cause sometimes excruciating, long-term problems. Other common diseases of the neck can produce pain and disability.
Traumatic Cervical Injuries
Common Neck Diseases and Conditions
Over a lifetime, our bodies change and not always for the better. Rather than accept pain or disability, there are things you can do to lessen these outcomes. By going to the doctor sooner rather than waiting for unbearable pain and by using the services of physical therapists, many of these problems can be cured or made better.